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A Seasonal Guide to Wedding Flowers

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There are many costs associated with wedding planning, from the venue to the invitations and beyond. One of the more expensive wedding costs can be florals, with an average bridal bouquet costing $150 — and that’s before you calculate centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, and other floral displays. After all is said and done the average couple can plan to spend $700-$2500 on their floral budget.

Incorporating seasonal flowers into your wedding day gets you the best quality blooms for a lower price tag.  You’ll get the best quality and a lower price tag because blooms are more affordable during their peak season.

When you order in season flowers, your florist doesn’t have to compete with other businesses to order a flower that’s in high demand and low quantity. It also cuts down on shipping costs because florists can more easily use local vendors. Keep in mind that weather, climate, and a number of other factors can impact flowering seasons so make sure to double check with your local florist before you order.  If you know what month you’re planning your wedding or pre-wedding event, you can also jump to the specific season for flower inspiration here:

Flowers add beautiful and natural notes to your wedding day. Incorporating season-specific blooms will create a trendy and authentic display that will have your guests and wedding photographer swooning. You can also consider designing your own dreamy DIY wedding bouquet or flower centerpieces.You can also order flowers online for your bridesmaids bouquetsflower crownsboutonnieres and more.

While you’ll save money using peak-season blooms for your bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral displays, keep in mind that some are more expensive than others. Year-round blooms can make perfect bouquet fillers or statement pieces during any season.

Below, we’ve designed inspirational mood boards featuring seasonal bouquets so you can get ideas before you go flower shopping.

Spring Flower Inspiration

Spring kicks off the year’s biggest blooming season. As the weather slowly warms, plants begin to flower into beautiful pastel shades. You’ll want to take advantage of the fresh florals as they awaken for your springtime wedding. It’s the perfect time of year to add in pinks, peaches, purple, and cream into your wedding style.

Something to keep in mind when selecting your springtime bouquets is that cold fronts and long winters can delay the flowering season, which can impact the fullness of your blooms. Touch base with your florist a few weeks before the wedding to see if you can still buy locally sourced in season blooms to cut down on cost or if it makes more sense to order them due to weather.

Check out some of our favorite delicate springtime blooms:

Ranunculus: This large petaled flower is found in a wide variety of wedding bouquets. Its petals look similar to rose petals but are extremely delicate and tissue-paper thin. Their color palette makes them perfect for any season and despite their springtime bloom, they are cheap and widely available so you can feature them all year long!

Bluebell: Add a whimsical touch to your bouquet with bluebell wildflowers. These intense blue bulbs grow in woodland areas and are linked with fairy enchantments in British folklore. Their deep shades make this flower a moody addition to any bouquet, perfect for a garden-inspired look.

Poppy: Because poppies prefer cooler weather, these flowers have a short blooming season that wraps up by May. If you’re getting married in spring, this crinkly spring flower will add bright color to your bouquet. Although the petals come in many shades, the center is usually bursting with yellow, making this wildflower a perfect addition to a bouquet for a free-spirited outdoor ceremony.

Peony: This voluminous flower is a wedding bouquet favorite. Peonies have silky, fluffy petals that come in light hues. The petals have a strong aromatic scent and they begin to burst as the warm weather moves in, making them a perfect option for a fresh springtime wedding. They’re also fit for royalty as they are Megan Markle’s favorite flower.

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Summer Flower Inspiration

Summer is the perfect time of year to feature bold colors and full blooms. Many flowers that began to bulb in springtime reach peak bloom during the hot summer months so you have endless options to take advantage of.

It’s also the perfect season to add tropical, warm weather flowers to your special day. Bright, exotic floral choices are a great way to tie a summertime vibe into your ceremony. One thing to keep in mind is that all that sunshine makes heat waves and dry spells common this time of year, which can impact the blooming season of some flowers.

Here are some of our favorite warm season blooms:

Sunflowers: Add a bright pop of summertime to your wedding with this classic wildflower that resembles rays of sunshine. Sunflowers begin flowering in July and their bountiful bloom makes them extremely affordable. Sunflowers are also considered a symbol of good luck, so incorporating them into your floral display will start your marriage off with positive and bright sunny vibes.

Snapdragon: Early summer is the best time to take advantage of snapdragons, which begin budding in the cool springtime. This flower is from the Mediterrannean and has fragrant petals and long stems. Snapdragons come in a wide variety of beautiful bold shades and they’re perfect to pair with larger buds such as roses and peonies.

Orchid: Start your honeymoon early with this tropical stunner. While many varieties bloom year round, orchids feel especially seasonal during the sunny summer months. Their bright petals resemble butterfly wings and despite their high cost, orchids can be a practical bouquet choice given their long life span. Pair with lush greenery and bright bulbs for a lush, tropical floral design.

Dahlia: These dreamy summer flowers are bright, bold, and uniquely shaped. While they begin blooming in late May, their flowers begin to burst during the summer months into early fall. Dahlia’s large bloom, affordability, and variety make this a practical and impactful addition to your bouquet.


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Fall Flower Inspiration

Flower season slows down as the crisp air moves in. Autumn sees plants and trees shed their leaves as foliage transforms into beautiful jewel-toned hues. This whimsical time of year is a great time to add boho touches to your wedding day, such as flower crowns. Other seasonal touches for your floral arrangements can include twigs, feathers, and berries.

Many summer blooms continue to flower throughout early fall, so despite the changing colors autumn brings you’ll still have tons of options to choose from. You’ll also find a rebirth of some cool-weather bulbs that resurface from spring after hiding from the summer heat.

Here are some of our favorite flowers to add into a fall wedding display:

King Protea: This statement flower will steal the show at your wedding. The tropical flowering plant is South Africa’s national flower and it stuns with a heavy head, spiky petals, and a thick stem. Despite its light pink color, the uniqueness of this flower makes it the perfect addition to a moody fall bouquet.

Amaranthus: This exotic longtailed plant has rich Aztec history and its name translates to “love lies bleeding.” With rich harvest hues such as pink, red and green, these petals hold color even when dry. The velvety flowers will look sultry and glamorous as they cascade down your wedding bouquet.

Chrysanthemum: Also called mums, this popular flower signifies autumn abundance, making it the perfect addition to your fall wedding day! Mums come in brilliant shades and offer brides tons of variety in flower shape. They’re also easy to grow in the late summer season, making them an affordable bouquet addition and a great flower for fall gardens.

Delphinium: This summer bloom is still in season through October, making it a perfect addition to an early fall wedding display. There are multiple shades of petals so you can choose a more traditional autumn color or surprise your weddingguests with pops of delicate blue petals paired with more traditional fall shades.

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Winter Flower Inspiration

Few flowers can survive the hard frost of wintertime. Celebrate the strong stems that bloom despite the chill by featuring them in your winter wedding!

This season is all about delicate decadence, from your wedding cake to your floral display. Try featuring neutral flowers with pops of bright red and green. You can also add in festive holiday ornamentation with features like pine cones and red berries.

Here are some lovely and sturdy winter floral options:

Hellebores: Often called a Christmas rose, these flowers may bloom as early as December. Hellebores have a rich history in both Ancient Greek Mythology and Christianity. These plants’ tolerance for frost and stunning, rich petals make them an obvious choice for a dreamy winter wedding display.

Anemone: Also known as windflowers, these bulbs are a symbol of love between Adonis and Aphrodite in Greek Mythology. This along with their striking petal shades, including deep plum, make them a perfect choice for a winter wedding.

Eucalyptus: Delicate greenery has been really popular in wedding florals over the past few years and the beautifully textured leaves of eucalyptus make this a perfect choice for a winter bouquet filler. Native to Australia, these leaves grow on trees and have a strong, aromatic scent. They look beautiful fresh or dried, so you can buy them fresh or stock up early.

Winter Garden Rose: Roses are a symbol of love and beauty, which is why they’re the most popular wedding flowers. They also bloom all year round, making them a romantic and tasteful choice any season. Winter Garden Roses bloom in December so their soft, delicate petals won’t break the bank and still offer a beautiful color variety during the winter season.

flower season guide winter

A beautiful bouquet can be one of the most memorable parts of your wedding day. Beyond a visually stunning display, flowers add natural textures and elements into your ceremony and reception, reinforcing the intrinsic nature of love and marriage.

Although everyone’s budget is different, taking advantage of seasonal blooms will help you save in the floral department. Every season has its own features–from the fresh blooms of springtime to the deep hues of winter–and researching up on florals before you visit your florist will help you pick a bouquet that matches your theme and wedding palette.

For more wedding planning advice, stop by our expert advice section. We’re here to help you in every step of the wedding planning process.


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Posted: June 30, 2019 By: Comment: 0

The Best Vegan Skincare Routine in 5 Steps



Vegan and cruelty-free skincare can be hard to navigate. Even if a finished product has no animal-derived ingredients, there may have been animal testing on some of the ingredients. Consider us your co-pilot in finding the best products.

Even if you’re not a full-on herbivore or animal-loving activist who sticks to a strictly plant-based diet, there’s something to be said about adopting a vegan skincare routine. After all, vegan products steer clear of any animal ingredients, which contributes to a kinder and more eco-friendly world.

That said, not all vegan products are completely natural or cruelty free. While many vegan skincare brands avoid synthetic fillers or chemical ingredients, the only way to ensure a product is truly “all natural” is to read the label.

It can also be confusing when it comes to vegan and cruelty-free skincare. While the two often go hand-in-hand, it’s not always a match made in animal-friendly heaven. Even if the finished product has no animal-derived ingredients, there may have been animal testing conducted on specific ingredients that are included.

To help you cut through the information clutter, we’ve outlined some vegan skincare basics so you can reap the benefits of animal-free products that will make your skin look as clear as your conscience feels.

Vegan vs. Cruelty Free

You might assume that all vegan skincare products are cruelty free since they do not contain any animal ingredients or animal byproducts. But the truth is that vegan does not necessarily mean cruelty free. That’s because some vegan products might still get tested on animals at some point during the creation process.

The best way to know a skincare brand is vegan and avoids all animal testing is to look for the Certified Vegan Logo, PETA’s Cruelty-Free and Vegan bunny symbol, or the Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.

Vegan Skincare Routine

It’s easy being green when you follow these basic steps to veganizing your regimen. We’ve collected some of our favorite vegan skincare products from Feel Beauty to help you get started.

Step One: Cleanse

The first thing for any skincare routine is to start with a clean slate. That means using a gentle yet effective face wash that will get rid of any dirt, oil, and residue. Thankfully, our Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanser does exactly that. Aloe vera soothes skin and pumpkin seed controls oil while walnut powder exfoliates to reveal smoother, radiant skin without any harsh scrubbing required. Even better, Renewed is suitable for all skin types.

Step Two: Tone

While this step is not necessary for dry skin types or those with sensitive skin, if you have oily skin, combination skin, or problem skin, an alcohol-free toner is a good idea to help maintain your skin’s pH balance and prepare it for moisturizer. Choose a natural toner with soothing botanicals and plant-based ingredients such as lavender, aloe, rose, or rosemary. Instead of alcohol, look for tea tree oil, which has similar antimicrobial and antiseptic properties but won’t strip skin of its natural oils.

Step Three: Moisturize

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You hear it all the time and for good reason. No matter what your skin type is, proper hydration is key to keeping it balanced and healthy. If you’re not sure what kind of skin you have, our easy test will show you how to figure it out.


Made with soothing cucumber, anti-inflammatory ivy leaf extract, and skin-brightening lime, Feel Beauty’s Balanced Moisture Balancing Cream makes a great day cream that keeps skin dewy without any greasiness. While you could wear it before bedtime, you might want to consider a richer night cream if you have dry skin. Balanced also works wonders as a body lotion or hand cream.


Fast absorbing and light to the touch, our Bright Daily Squalane + Facial Oil Blend is a must-have for acne-prone, inflamed, or oily skin. Crafted with plant-based squalane and acne-fighting rosehip oil and avocado oil, this silky face oil is also packed with vitamin C and vitamin E to fight breakouts while keeping your skin plump and hydrated. Add to that a delicious fragrance from grapefruit essential oil and you’ll instantly feel brighter.

Step Four: Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen might seem redundant after you’ve moisturized, but if you plan to spend any time outdoors (including just driving your car) it’s crucial to defend your skin against harmful UV rays. Not only does sunblock protect against skin cancer, but it also acts as an anti-aging buffer. Use a sunblock with a minimum SPF 30 rating and be sure to peruse our guide on how to select a sunscreen so you choose one that’s right for you.

Step Five: Treatment

Face masks are an affordable and effective way to freshen up your skin when it needs a little boost. While professional facials are a good idea, they’re not always practical when it comes to time and money. Invest in a couple of good masks that you can rotate every couple of weeks for optimal results.


Restored Self-Warming Clay Mask: When applied to the skin, this mask warms up to open pores and let the ingredients get to work. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid for intense hydration, white charcoal powder for deep cleaning, and nigiri sea salt that detoxifies, exfoliates, and conditions skin.

Harmony Rose Petal Facial Mask: Loaded with rose petals, rose essential oils, and calming plant extracts, this luxurious mask comes in the form of an ultra-concentrated gel that deeply moisturizes skin, reduces redness, and tones skin. Expect the same feeling as getting a dozen roses, but for your face.

Love Your Skin

When it comes to whole body care, adopting a vegan skincare routine is one way to ensure a more conscious approach. Just be sure to look for cruelty-free labeling when buying skincare, body wash, and hair care products to avoid using anything that was tested on animals. Shop our full vegan skincare line and get ready to live more beautifully.


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Financially Surviving Wedding Season as a Guest


According to the New York Times, the average wedding guest spends nearly $900 to partake in the festivities. That price tag can make your wallet want to say, “I don’t!” — especially if your wedding season dance card is full.

But don’t worry. Charlie knows a bunch of money-saving hacks so you can catch the bouquet without breaking the bank!

Set a Budget and Prioritize

Take a peek at your finances and determine exactly how much you can spend on the occasion without wreaking havoc on your budget. Once you have a figure in mind, it’s time to create a spending plan.

You can stay near the venue in style, rival the bride for beauty, or be the best gift giver ever — but you may not be able to afford to do it all. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make some trade-offs to stay within your set limits. For example, if you want to give a lavish gift, that could mean forgoing the expensive salon visit the morning of the ceremony.

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Try going in on wedding attendance expenses with family and friends. You can split the cost of lodging, transportation, and even the gift. That way, everyone saves some cash and can still fully take part in the experience.

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Beautify Yourself (or Find a Deal)

If you’ve got the skills, skip the pricey salon and do your own hair, makeup, and mani-pedi. DIY’ing your beauty regimen will save you some serious cash. (You may even already have the supplies on hand!) Afraid of looking like Elizabeth Holmes? Ask a friend to help paint your face and braid their hair in trade.

If you really want to be pampered, check Groupon to score a deal on the service. You can also reach out to local beauty schools. Often, their students will gussy you up for much less dough than a pro.

Re-wear or Rent Attire

There is zero shame in wearing a killer dress (or suit) twice. So save your wallet and rock that outfit again! You can also raid a friend’s closet to wear something that’s new to you. But — if you must wear something brand new, consider renting your ensemble for a fraction of the price of buying it off the rack.

Make Your Gift

If you’ve got the talent, why not use it to make something heartfelt and budget friendly? Your newlyweds will appreciate the gesture and will likely cherish it over another set of wine glasses.

Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Sing a song at the reception
  • Make the centerpieces on the dinner tables
  • Offer to photograph the event
  • Create a scrapbook about their relationship
  • Knit a blanket for their couch or bed
  • Paint their new family portrait

Still feeling uninspired? Pinterest has got you covered!

Just Say No

Although it hurts to check “will not attend” on the RSVP card, remember: an invitation to a wedding is a request, not a requirement. Sometimes your wallet just can’t swing it and that’s OK. If that happens, confidently decline with your regrets and send a little (perhaps homemade) gift in your place.

Final Thoughts

Being a wedding guest can be crazy expensive — but it doesn’t have to be. Every element of the experience can be optimized to fit your budget. So go ahead and feel the love while enjoying your fatter bank account.

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How to Plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Party On a Budget

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Weddings are notoriously expensive, and the costs come from more than just the big day itself. The bachelorette party is one of those expenses that is totally worth it but can blow your budget if you aren’t careful. Try these ideas to keep your budget in check without compromising on fun.

Plan an Affordable Getaway

 A destination bachelorette party may cost more than staying local, but planning smart can keep costs down so it fits your budget. If you go with a destination party, be sure to factor home security into your planning. You will need a list of packing essentials — and add a checklist of home security precautions so that the bride and bridesmaids can travel with peace of mind.

These are a few of our favorite ideas for planning your destination party on a budget:

  • Take a shorter trip: Instead of a weekend getaway, plan on staying just one or two nights. Longer party weekends can be exhausting, and keeping the fun to a day or two will slash costs all around.
  • Lower travel expenses: Airfare is one of the biggest costs of a destination party. The website Loverly recommends traveling at a time during the offseason for your destination and traveling midweek to lower those costs.
  • Share accommodations: It is a party after all, so why not share rooms to split the cost of accommodations? You don’t have to splurge on a luxurious suite, but look into specials or alternative options that will accommodate your whole crowd. Renting a place through home share websites may also be more affordable than hotel rooms.
  • Don’t overdo it: It’s tempting to overschedule and overdo on accessories, but every little thing adds up. Leave room in your schedule to do some things at the spur of the moment. Not to mention, you’ll want a little rest time, which, of course, is free!
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Go Local

 If a destination isn’t in your budget or simply isn’t your thing, having a local shindig can be every bit as fun as traveling.

  • Be a tourist in your own town: What kind of activities would you pick if you were traveling? Chances are you can do some of those same things right where you live. Bridebox suggests visiting local breweries, going to a spa, or getting appetizers at a fabulous restaurant. You can make it special without spending a lot by choosing something you don’t normally do.
  • Take a class: No, we aren’t suggesting you go back to school! Doing something new and different is a great way to shake things up, and group classes can be very affordable. Take a cooking class and whip up your own delicious meal, or have a craft night to make special mementos of the wedding festivities.

Stay In

 Instead of a night out, staying in is the ultimate way to go “local” and save money. Even though it’s low-cost, staying in is anything but boring. With some quick and easy decorations and supplies from hobby stores like Joann or Hobby Lobby, you can even deck out your space for pennies when you apply coupons and promotions. Consider these themes:

  • Go for low-key glam: If the girls want to get dressed up and feel fancy without the costs of a night on the town, plan a cocktail party at your home. Keep it simple and have everyone come in their best night-out attire, or pick a theme like the roaring 20s. You can even provide inexpensive party favors like fun lipstick colors, snazzy fake eyelashes, makeup palettes and nail polish.
  • Make it a slumber party: Remember those sleepovers you had as a kid? Recreate that magic with an all-night girls-night-in. Have everyone come in pajamas, make some DIY spa treatments, and get into the wedding spirit with one of these movies.
  • Take it outside: For a different twist on an at-home party, host a backyard movie screening. All you need for snacks is plenty of popcorn, plus some tasty beverages.


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If you go with an at-home party, another way to stay on budget is to have several bridesmaids split the costs, so that one person doesn’t bear the full burden. After all, the whole point is to have fun, not create a financial strain for anyone! These ideas are guaranteed for a night to remember that everyone can afford.


Guest Blogger:  Erin Reynolds is single mom who taught herself how to do home improvement projects and repairs to save money, creating a helpful DIY blog on topics such from gardening to budget-friendly tips and ideas. 


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Winter Weather Wedding Success Starts Here

If you’ve recently said yes, you don’t have to wait until summer to follow up with an, “I do.” Whether you want an outdoor winter wedding or a warm and cozy indoor affair, hosting at-home nuptials requires preparation. And lots of it. From outdoor heating to dinner seating, keep reading for advice on how to make your cold weather wedding as heartwarming as any summer ceremony.

Start with a Blank Slate.

The first order of business is to make room for your guests, decorations, and party staff. Spend a few weeks cleaning each room and removing non-essential furniture and belongings. Pay attention to the garage, especially if this space will be used for the reception. If space becomes a concern, consider renting off-site self-storage to temporarily corral items. In Philadelphia, a short-term storage unit will only add an average $86 to your budget for a month of use. When you are cleaning,remember the golden rule of home decluttering: let go of things you don’t use. If you have enough stuff, plan to hold onto your storage unit for a few months until you have more time to sort through it.

Once you have your home clean and clear, get to work fixing any issues that might dampen the mood. Uneven walkways, loose deck boards, and frayed carpet are all open invitations for an accident, especially if there will be alcohol involved or if elderly friends and family members will be on site.

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Make it Wedding Worthy

Before you even get to the decorations, there are things you have to consider when inviting a lot of guests into your home. Depending on how much seating you can currently accommodate, you may need to rent tables and chairs. Don’t forget about parking. If you live in the city, talk to your neighbors about utilizing a length of your street for the day. Often, they’ll be happy to park elsewhere for a few hours, especially if they’re invited to the celebration. Most importantly, make sure you have facilities to accommodate a large crowd – you’ll need one bathroom for every 10 to 12 guests as well as one for the bride and groom’s respective rooms.

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Utilize Outdoor Areas

Even when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, there are plenty of ways to utilize your outdoor space for the ceremony, reception, or staging. Let guests know ahead of time which parts of the day will take place outdoors. If it’s the actual nuptials, keep it short and sweet. If you plan to rent a large tent for dinner and dancing, go ahead and invest in a patio heater, but remember prices for heaters can vary from from $120 all the way to $1,150. offers reviews and information on how to choose an outdoor heating unit that’s right for your space and budget.

The garage, deck, or patio can be made to feel more like the indoors by putting down vinyl floor decals or rigid carpet tiles and hanging heavy curtains around the permitemter to block light wind. The Knot notes that even cool weather outdoor weddings can be uncomfortably warm, especially if you plan to dance the night away. Make sure your wedding coordinator has a way to cool off crowded areas as you and your guests begin to break a sweat.

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Have the Right Team in Place.

As with any event, having the right people in place can make a huge difference. Bring your key players to your home a few weeks prior so they can be fully prepared for any limitations. This should include your caterer, wedding coordinator, DJ, and more. At your trial run, let your hair and makeup stylist know if you plan to be outdoors. She can take extra precautions to make sure things stay in place.

More than anything, don’t worry yourself into a panic attack if things go wrong. Keep in mind that winter weather is unpredictable, and you may find yourself rushing to fit your entire family indoors at the last minute. If you’ve taken the time to de-clutter, however, you can utilize every inch of your home’s interior before, during, and after the I Dos.


Guest Blogger:  Erin Reynolds is single mom who taught herself how to do home improvement projects and repairs to save money, creating a helpful DIY blog on topics such from gardening to budget-friendly tips and ideas. 

Skincare Tips When the Season Turns Cold


While looking at the idyllic, snow-covered streets might be pleasing to our eyes, it’s a little less thrilling for our skin. The cold, dry weather can be quite harsh on our complexion, and if you want to maintain that youthful, radiant glow for your wedding, you have to switch up your routine and adjust it for fall and winter months. Not sure how to avoid dryness and keep your skin protected? Here are a few tips that should help you out.

Don’t Use Makeup Wipes

All that harsh rubbing isn’t really great for our skin, and if you want to avoid irritation then let go of the makeup wipes. A much better solution is micellar water or cleansing oil. You can rub some oil onto your face, let it melt away the makeup, and then remove it gently with a few cotton pads. After that, feel free to wash your face with a mild cleanser to get rid of any residue.

Invest in a Humidifier

Dry air is pretty terrible for your skin, and if you want to keep your complexion soft, you can invest in a humidifier. You don’t need it in every single room, but you’ll definitely benefit if you sleep in a nicely humid bedroom to avoid waking up with a dry face.


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Switch Up Your Moisturizer

Every bride who wants that fresh, dewy look for her wedding needs some quality products to keep her skin smooth and lovely during the cold months. Instead of using light gel creams that are more appropriate during summer, it’s now the perfect time to bring out those creamy, nourishing moisturizers that can protect you and keep your complexion velvety. This is especially important if you’re dealing with wrinkles and want to avoid deep lines showing up in your wedding photos and ruining your big day. The best thing you can do is invest in some quality natural anti ageing skincare that consists of cleansing milk, serums, skin balms, and oils. Make sure you apply products that are rich in antioxidants and don’t contain any harmful ingredients and be diligent when it comes to their use. Consistency is truly the key to a gorgeous complexion, and as long as you care for your skin every day, you’ll look positively glowing for your wedding.

Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

Despite the cold, overcast days that keep coming our way, sunscreen is still a must. High SPF is one of the best ways to protect your skin from developing wrinkles, not to mention that you can still get melanoma even in winter. According to Dana Persia, owner of Beautiful Brides Philly and a licensed esthetician, “Without protection, the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. UV exposure adds up over time, increasing your risk of developing skin cancer. Even when the sun is in hiding, and temps are low, start your day with at least an SPF15 daily moisturizer.”

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Pair Exfoliation with a Good Mask

Exfoliation is a great way to remove those dry, flaky patches from our face.  “It is THE best way to get glowing, youthful skin because exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis. By removing these dead cells, exfoliation can help keep pores from becoming clogged and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling,” advises Persia. However, unless you nourish your skin right after, you’ll only make the problem worse. The best way to exfoliate is to do it in the evening, and then use a nourishing sheet mask right after you’ve scrubbed away all those dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum. If you want to make it more effective, you can steam your face lightly for five minutes before exfoliation—this will open up your pores and make them easier to clean. You can also make your own DIY mask from things you have lying around your home.

Drink More Water

Another great way to prevent dryness and keep your skin elastic and fresh is to simply drink more water. We tend to forget all about hydration as soon as summer passes, but we do need water if we want a healthy body.  “It’s always a good idea to do this all year round, but it’s even more important during the colder months because we aren’t perspiring as much and don’t feel the need to drink water like we do in the summer. Eight, 8-ounce glasses per day are what doctors and experts advise,” states Persia.

Eat your way to better skin

Nourishing your skin from the inside out is always a good idea, and since most brides-to-be want to be in their best shape for the wedding, eating well means you’ll be practically killing two birds with one stone. Antioxidant-rich food such as leafy greens, garlic, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and other veggies can help a lot, and so can anything that has omega-3 fatty acids in it. These will keep your skin soft and plump, so fill your plate with avocados, fish, and nuts. Blueberries, goji berries, and green tea are also great super foods that will keep your body healthy and your complexion lush.

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The cold season is pretty much the perfect time for a little spa day at home. Have a hot bath, then take steps to care for and nourish your skin as you browse wedding magazines and dream about your big day. Create a nice little moment of peace and enjoy!


Guest Blogger:  Guest Blogger:  Brigitte Evans, Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant, Beauty Department,

Ideas for Your Honeymoon Packing List



Finally, some rest! While your wedding day is certainly a fun, exciting event that you’ll remember forever, most couples are eager to let go of the chaos and the hectic rush and relax a bit. There’s no more need to run around and organize things, no more dealing with last-minute emergencies, and definitely no more relatives and friends to buzz around and not give you any privacy. Now it’s all you and your darling, alone and content. Honeymoon’s going to be the first step of lifelong happiness, and it’s pretty important that you both enjoy it. If you’re eager to make good memories and want to pack accordingly, here are some things that you’ll want to bring.


Beautiful Lingerie

You’ll feel sexy and delight your partner if you wear a good set of lingerie on your first night. Pick black lace and thigh high stockings, or go for soft powder pink satin, or maybe something a little frilly.

Whatever makes you feel like a sultry, tempting goddess is a great choice, and make sure to also wear sexy heels if you really want to make your new husband’s jaw drop.



Our brain tends to relate scents to memories, so bring a bottle of the same perfume you wore for your wedding day, or maybe an entirely new, seductive scent. Wear it every day and spritz a tiny bit on your clothes, and then when you come back home and smell it again you’ll instantly remember some of the most romantic moments of your life.

Our brain tends to relate scents to memories, so bring a bottle of the same perfume you wore for your wedding day, or maybe an entirely new, seductive scent. Wear it every day and spritz a tiny bit on your clothes, and then when you come back home and smell it again you’ll instantly remember some of the most romantic moments of your life.


A Pretty Evening Outfit

You’re bound to go out for dinners and spend time at bars in the evening, so pack a lovely outfit that photographs well and that shows off your beauty. A little black dress is a pretty great choice because you can easily combine it with other pieces of your wardrobe to create something interesting, but you can also go for hot red, or maybe plum, or dove grey. With a pair of black stilettos, shimmery earrings, and a cute clutch you’ll be ready to go.

The Perfect Pair of Jeans

You’ll need one go-to piece that you can always rely on for good outfits. Bring a pair of your sexiest biker jeans that fit you like a glove, and you’ll have a good basic garment that goes well with anything. Make sure that your jeans are as perfect as they possibly can be – these are your holy grail trousers that make you feel hot and glamorous even on a regular day. It’s an easy way to always look polished even if you just throw on a graphic tee and a cardigan in the morning. Also, your partner is bound to keep admiring your figure if you’re wearing a nice pair of pants.

Minimal Makeup

You really don’t need much makeup on your honeymoon, but a few things can be used to make you feel pretty. A light BB cream, bronzer, a brow pencil, a black mascara can go a long way and enhance your beautiful eyes — add your favorite nude lipstick for those evenings out.

Good Skincare

Sporting a giant zit in the middle of your forehead is a pretty quick way to ruin your mood (not to mention your pictures). Our skin can easily react to a change in the environment, so make sure to bring your favorite moisturizer, cleanser, and maybe a gel with salicylic acid to spot treat any unexpected pimples. If you’re heading to the sun-soaked beaches of the Caribbean, don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreen — buying in the hotel gift shop can be steep!



Unless you’re a godlike creature who happens to have perfect hair without any effort involved, you’ll want to bring your own hairdryer. Yes, most hotels have hair dryers in all of the rooms, and most of them are pretty terrible. Unless you want frizzy, fluffy, and generally unmanageable hair, bring your own tool and maybe some styling wax to give it all a smoother shape. We also recommend that you learn a few heatless hair curling tricks so you can get those romantic waves overnight.  Lastly, if you are traveling overseas, check the voltage requirements as you may need to pick up an adapter kit.

A Good Read

If you haven’t already experienced it, your honeymoon might be the first moment of experiencing the joy of sharing silence together. Both of you will be in the same room, sitting close together, and each doing your own thing. It’s the perfect time to catch up on some reading, so bring a fun novel and enjoy yourself.


Your honeymoon is the perfect time to bond with your significant other and take those first steps of your marriage in joy. Make sure to bring these necessities and you’re bound to have a wonderful experience!

Guest Blogger:  Brigitte Evans, Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant, Beauty Department,


How to Have Your Dream Disney Wedding


One thing is for sure, having a wedding at Disney is nothing short of a grand experience, and if you aren’t the type who wants to get married in front of Cinderella’s Castle have no fear! What about a Star Wars themed wedding or, a wedding that looks like it came straight out of your favorite fairy tale? Not into themes? How about a scenic wedding on the beach?

Disney is all about making your wildest dreams come true and that’s exactly what you should have on one of the most important days of your life. Once you decide that you want to plan your wedding through Disney, you may realize quickly that it can be a little overwhelming. Focusing on a few things at a time is key to keeping your head on straight- we’re going to go over some of the things you should consider while planning your dream Disney wedding.


1. Location, location, location.
One of the first things you should decide is where you want your wedding to take place. There are many options Disney has to offer from various locations across Walt Disney World to a Disney Cruise, to Epcot, or even Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii. Once you figure out where you want your wedding to be, you can more easily figure out how it can be done. The first place to visit is where many of your planning questions can be answered.

2. Establish your budget.
You should absolutely determine your budget before jumping into planning. If you’re planning a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, you will have three tiers of celebration packages to choose from that have restrictions on the size of your party. You also need to consider the budgets of your friends and family. Will they be able to afford the destination of your choice and all the necessary accommodations? Disney offers options for hotel blocks, but they won’t typically confirm the dates until about 12 months prior or even less so you should be prepared for that as well.

3. Do your research so you can keep up!
There is a book called Passporter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoons written by Carrie Hayward, who also offers podcasts on the subject that can prepare you for everything you will need to take care of to plan your wedding and work efficiently alongside your helpers at Disney. With a timeline that is shorter than most venues, it will save you a lot of stress to be equipped with as much information as possible in order to keep up with their processing speed.

4. Become a part of the community.
Find other couples that have had their wedding at Disney to acquire tips, tricks, and other valuable advice. You may be surprised at how rapidly you get responses to the questions you need answers to on Facebook groups dedicated to Disney weddings like DisBrides and DisGrooms. Having extra support from people who have been through the process themselves can’t hurt and they may even give you new ideas you haven’t considered.

5. Choose your “enhancements”.
Disney is all about the icing on the cake and they have many wedding enhancements to choose from including a visit from your favorite characters, an entrance in Cinderella’s Carriage, photo shoots or even a group ride on one of your favorite attractions. (A special reminder of tip #2 here as prices can add up quickly!)

6. Double-check the details!
Photography, DJ, florals, videography, catering– the list goes on and on. Make sure you are double and even triple-checking that everything is happening on the correct dates and times to avoid any wedding mishaps. There are a lot of moving parts that create a wedding and sometimes it’s easy for things to get mixed up. Set reminders on your phone or on your calendar and make regular phone calls to ensure everything is on track for the big day. Disney will give you a BEO (Banquet Event Order) and you can consider this the bible of your wedding. This is very important because if something is not on the BEO- it will not be included in the wedding!

There is much to do when planning a wedding but when you choose to plan with Disney, you will have the help of their experts on your side that will work with you to make your dreams a reality. Follow these tips and you will be right on track with having the wedding you’ve always wanted!

Guest Blogger:  Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Magical Travel. She regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle blogs to bring the magic of Disney to their readers.



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Male Pre-Wedding Grooming Tips


The wedding community spends a ton of time focusing on the bride, her hair, makeup, dress, everything surrounding her. But it’s the groom’s special day too! So we’ve built this plan to help him look his very best for the wedding. Looking good goes a long way on your wedding day, because it helps you feel your best too.

Wash and Moisturize

If you don’t already have a daily facial care routine, now is a great time to start, and it doesn’t have to be complicated! However, it’s crucial to begin this process a few months before your wedding, don’t plan to start a new regime the night before and see instant results. Experts say that it can take anywhere for 4-6 weeks to see the results of new skincare. Also, planning a wedding can be really stressful! That can cause breakouts and spots, so staying on top of this as you start your wedding planning is best. Simple things like washing your face daily and following up with a hydrating moisturizer can help keep your skin looking fresh!

Trim Your Hair

Whether you rock a lumberjack beard or like to keep your face clean shave, the look should look neat, polished and great with your hairstyle. But, most importantly, you want to look comfortable and feel like yourself. Don’t try anything new too close to the big day, to avoid having to stand on the aisle with a bad look. Have your barber give you a cut and style that you know and love for your wedding. Then, shave your face with a new, sharp razor blade to achieve close lines along your facial hair and close shave. Using an old, dull razor can cause nicks and scarring, which is not a great wedding day look!


Get Fit

Getting in shape for your wedding is not only a great way to slim down or tone up, it will help you relieve wedding related stress as well! Hit the gym, play basketball with your friends, or go for a run with your fiancé; do whatever makes exercise fun for you. Working out will help improve your mood and get your mind off of the stresses of wedding planning. Plus, simply dedicating a few hours a week to exercise is easier than ever with apps that support your next work out.


Taking time to relax before the big day will help you feel your absolute best. Do whatever helps you wind down! Some great ideas are getting a massage, heading to a salon for a pampering day of mani/pedis or even just having a casual date night with your fiancé (where you don’t talk about wedding planning!) Heading to a spa for a day of pampering is often done after the wedding, but why not before? That’s when you’re most stressed, and your fiancé will appreciate this gesture of support. If you prefer to stay in, plan a date night with a home cooked dinner, a movie, or a romantic bath. Take time to relax with your fiancé and connect over something besides to wedding, to get you in the best mindset possible for your big day!

A lot of the attention is on the bride for the wedding, but we don’t want to overlook the groom! With these few simple steps, the groom will be looking and feeling his best for the big day, without adding any stress to the wedding planning. Congrats on your special day!


Avoid a Cosmetic Disaster Before Your Wedding

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Planning your wedding is a long process that will keep you on your toes for months, or even years. Everything, from choosing a venue and catering, to getting your perfect bridal look ready, is taken into consideration. However, there are some things that we tend to leave for the last-minute, especially when it is about our own look which doesn’t require mobilizing a lot of people in advance. Nonetheless, if you do want to enhance your look before your big day, here are the procedures you should and shouldn’t do close to your wedding:



Dermal fillers to smooth out fine lines, give your face a lift, or make a feature stand out, are gaining more and more popularity. Fillers are a popular option, taking the place of a traditional cut-and-stitch face lift, because they aren’t nearly as invasive and require minimum downtime. You will be up and running in a day and your face will be completely regenerated within two or three days. Still, you shouldn’t do this just before the wedding, but rather about a month in advance, to make sure that you will actually be satisfied with the results. If you aren’t satisfied, give yourself enough time for corrections to deflate a bit, or simply to learn how to cover them up with makeup. However, if you’ve had fillers before and you’re doing them at the same place, you can get away with doing them about a week before the wedding. Also, make sure your makeup artist knows that you are doing it because it might require changes in the makeup look.


Removing Imperfections

Do you have a tattoo that is very visible and that you just don’t love? Or maybe you have scars from the past that you would like removed before you walk down the aisle. All of these things can be fixed with laser therapy. Removing scars and tattoos takes time, and your skin will need time to heal after it’s done. That’s why you really want to start this procedure well in advance, sometimes over a year before the wedding. However, what you probably didn’t know about lasers is that they can do the carbon laser facial which is offered in a skin care clinic in Perth and a few other cities around the world. This procedure removes the dead layers of skin and leaves you glowing. It’s actually a method that’s been around for a long time, but it’s being refined and reinvented all the time, giving women a youthful look – something the mother of the bride might be interested in, too. There is no downtime, but your skin might be red or irritated, so leave at least three days before the wedding to let the redness die down.


Body Sculpting

You, or someone from your entourage, might want to look extra good on the big day, and with all the planning and running around, there’s really no time to go exercise and get a perfectly toned body in the gym. And after all, there are some things that just can’t happen naturally, like a breast lift or a tummy tuck. So, if you want that perfect look, you will need to schedule your surgery well in advance. Even though some surgeries only require a downtime of a few days, your dress needs to be fitted to a new body, so you want all the stitches to heal and the scarring to die down, as well as the pain to go away.

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Get a Perfect Smile

There are more ways than one to get that Hollywood smile, and it all depends on the current state of your teeth. For many, all they need is a little whitening, which can be done literally a day before the wedding – as long as you avoid any red wine and coffee right afterwards. However, others might want to reinvent their teeth completely, by for example, putting on porcelain veneers, to give themselves a perfect set of teeth. You can get fitted with these the very day before the wedding, but they take time to create and adjust, so start the process sooner, and make sure you are comfortable with them, so that you can enjoy the food that you have so carefully picked.

All in all, you want to always ask your doctor about what the downtime will be, how long will it take for the swelling to go down and about other similar issues, because, if you think that walking down the aisle with thin lips is bad, imagine having blue, bruised ones. Make the right choice and make sure you look stunning no matter what you choose to do.

Guest Blogger:  Guest Blogger:  Diana Wills, from  A biochemistry graduate and blogger based in Sydney. She is a science, health and food lover, with interests in fashion and beauty. She is enjoying all these things so much that she started to write about them so she can share this passion with everyone.